Don’t fear the media, BE the media!

Informatikari Euskaldunen VIII. BilkuraYesterday we were on IEB (Basque Computer Scientists’ Gathering) to give a short speech about Babelium Project.

This year IEB’s main topic was social networks and collaborative applications so we thought Babelium Project should be there.

Our speech went really well. People seemed to be excited about the application and got to ask questions about Babelium. Also, we didn’t have problems at all with the presentation (we’ve seen way too many times that the laptops used in the presentations either don’t have Flash Player installed or don’t even have internet, so this time we were prepared even for the worst. We recorded some videos showcasing some of the app’s features and those were coded to multiple formats too just to be sure they could be played). Several people in the audience congratulated us and showed an interest in collaborating with us to add new features to the app.

We also met some basque-french people and they told us they had heard about the application (this was a nice surprise for us, truth be told) and saw the audience smile when we played a video in which one of the developers was dubbing an excerpt of a basque movie.

One of the questions that arised during the conference was whether Babelium was able to provide machine-based automatic evaluations just in case some user’s evaluation didn’t get evaluated by another user or the user itself didn’t want to be evaluated by another person.

Truth is one of the developers of Babelium worked on this in the past. Using Spinvox’s transcription service API we managed to guess the percentage of accurateness of what the user meant to say in several languages (English, Spanish, German…) with pretty good results. But when Spinvox was bought by Nuance we had to temporarily put down this module. Though, you can still check out the code on our GoogleCode page.

After the speech we spoke with a reporter of a basque tv channel’s (ETB3) show called Nickdutnik and he told us he was interested in Babelium and wanted to interview the development team.

So we went and chatted for almost half an hour! (the guy seemed really interested on the idea as a whole). We don’t know when the interview will be aired but will give you word when the time comes.

So, all in all it was a fine day. Now let’s see was comes out of it.

P.S.: For those interested, you can have a look at the presentation’s slides here (they are in Basque).